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PEOPLE | An Interview with Beltza

“Ah, of course! I forgot seitan! Traditional seitan that we make ourselves. It’s wheat gluten,” said Beltza – owner of Tedone Jatetxea in the neighborhood of Gros, Donostia-San Sebastian – after listing off five ingredients you’ll always find in the kitchen at his restaurant. The other ingredients they always have on hand include: biological vegetables; red, integral rice; tofu; fish; and miso – which makes Tedone the hidden gem that it is in this small northern Basque city. Tedone Jatetxea came into the hands of Beltza seven years ago which he uses as his outlet to promote healthy and sustainable eating. “I spent several years messing around in the world of food, but especially in macrobiotics. Because of that I wanted to put together something that had a little to do with food and macrobiotics,” explained Beltza. “But not entirely because it’s complicated, it’s a philosophy, but considering that we are what we eat, we wanted to try a restaurant to make this concept go a little further, not only thinking about the food but …

EAT | An interview with Otarra Bioelkartea

“It’s not just a store; it’s an association and a point of reference,” says Lourdes Martin of Otarra Bioelkartea – who has been a part of the association for 16 years. “People come here to share things – and not just the ecological food.” A community based in Martutene, Donostia-San Sebastian, Otarra Bioelkartea offers its members a complete experience of buying sustainable products to sharing in common interests. Becoming a member only costs 60euro the first year and 45euro the following years after that. But being a member means more than just paying – it’s a shared experience creating a community within the association. “People come to collaborate three hours a year,” says Martin. “They come more or less when they can to the store – they clean to restock items on the shelves. And there are the events (and) talks and to be honest, there’s a lot to do around the association.” It’s a way for the members to become more involved, to get to know one another. Martin says it really works out …

pop-up donosti | a shared vision of food

And one day, seven countries came together, the stars aligned, and eight souls in love with food, cooking, sharing, and eating with friends created Pop-Up Donosti. This is my latest project — a pop-up restaurant to grace the streets of Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. Like the quote above tells the story, we’re eight friends who came together to make this happen. To share our love of food, sharing meals with friends, and eating ecologically within this Basque community. We wanted to take far away flavors and make them into real plates using local ingredients. So we chose Lebanon as our inspiration. And that’s how it began. For the past three weeks we’ve been working hard organizing ourselves, throwing ideas back and forth then finally deciding on a set menu to serve during our fist event. We chose decorations and secured the location. We’ve collaborated with Tedone Jatetxea – a local ecological restaurant – in Donostia-San Sebastian. I had the chance to sit down and interview the owner, Beltza. And thanks to our friend, Esteban, we’ve been …